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Ah, I see what you have your eyes on. No, don’t let yourself give up so quickly, look closer. The container is what’s still holding it together, you see. It’s been through quite a lot over its time here, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still something ineffable about it, wouldn’t you agree? Look here, you can see the scar running through it to the core, and you can see right here all of the wounds it couldn’t heal. It must have been in agony the whole time, there’s no two ways about it, but it’s still finding a way to keep itself in one piece!

How? I couldn’t tell you. If I had to guess, it was just too stubborn to give up… or maybe it just had too much forward momentum. Maybe it didn’t understand what was happening to it and kept moving forward, one step at a time, telling itself the next step had to offer some kind of release. But don’t worry. I’m sure there’s more pain to be wrung out of it. Nothing this durable can be subjected to this much abuse and stay in one piece if it didn’t have more. Just leave your payment down in What Are You Playing, that’s good.

Bonus question: What do you do to help your mood when you feel demoralized?

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go, a little Crowfall, and probably some Monster Hunter Rise. I’ll be a bit distracted by a board game meet up with vaccinated friends.

Well, it used to be working out, but that can be hard with my knee problem, so watching a light movie helps. Like the 1990 Ninja Turtle movie or Mario Bros movie. The first one’s good, the second one’s funny, both are highly quotable to this day.

Ben Griggs (@braxwolf): I’m going to be puttering through Blackwood in The Elder Scrolls Online with my new BFF Mirri and learning the intricacies of tier 10 French destroyer gameplay in my new Marceau (World of Warships).

It may sound cheesy but I lean pretty heavily on friends and family when I’m feeling demoralized.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): So I kind of fell down a well marked “Albion Online” and they got me for a month of sub. Damn them. That and The Sims 4. And I’ll be poking into Star Wars Galaxies Legends for some factory flips. Got another week or two on my big armorcrafting project, but the hard parts are all done. Now it’s down to just waiting for everything to cook.

For mood-boosting: either junk food or exercise. One of these might be more productive than the other.

Chris Neal (@wolfyseyes, blog): Since Dauntless added ways to get Exotics again, I might dip in there to fill out my collection. I also might peek at Swords of Legends Online’s demo, and I’m determined to slowly discover every Cocoon without a guide in Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis.

When I’m feeling demoralized, I tend to retract into a little personal nautilus and not do much of anything beyond stare at videos or play mindless games. Usually, I tend to just want to be left alone.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Honestly, I’m not totally sure beyond some review work; I’m pretty well caught up in Final Fantasy XIV right now, so my play there is going to be light this weekend at best.

The biggest thing I try to do when demoralized is be good to other people in my life. It doesn’t always work, but it both demonstrates what matters to me for the future, and it lets me channel that feeling of negativity into helping someone else’s day. It’s difficult, to be sure, but it’s my goal.

Sam Kash (@thesamkash): I was playing Monster Sanctuary the past couple of weekends. It’s a very fun Pokemon inspired game. So I might get some more time in there but I have been hankering for a good metroidvania. I’ve also been dragging my feet when it comes back to playing Crowfall. I really want to check it out again but there must be a wipe coming before release and that is always something that gives me pause. But I’m thinking about it!

Bonus: If I’m feeling down I just play some video games! Seriously though, it helps take my mind off everything and I get to wreck some fools! Both IRL fools and NPC fools.

Tyler Edwards (blog): I got suckered into the “three months of Gamepass for $1” deal, so I’m bouncing around between various games there. Tried a bit of Star Wars Squadrons, and I’m planning to check out The Sims 4 just because I’ve actually never played a Sims game before. I’m also planning to check out Dishonored at some point, though I might not get to that this weekend. And outside of Gamepass I have this weird sudden urge to fire up my F2P World of Warcraft account and make a new demon hunter.

Bonus question: I have major depression. I just always feel demoralized.

Pierre, patron: After a few crazy weeks at work (I don’t think I have been so busy before) with very little gaming time, I can start considering playing games again. I decided it would be a good time to go back to Final Fantasy XIV. I’m also playing a little indie JRPG, Edge of Eternity. It’s been developed by a small studio, so it’s not a AAA RPG, just a very typical JRPG, with standard storyline and usual character design. You can feel it’s been made by fans of the genre, and the combat uses an original semi-tactical approach that I find very enjoyable. I can’t really recommend it as it’s quite rough at the edges, but if you like JRPGs, you may like it and it’s refreshing to see such a little indie gem find its place at the feet of the giants like Final Fantasy, Star Ocean, or Persona.

Bonus question: I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t do drugs, so, when I feel demoralized, I tend to eat junk comfort food, with lots of sugar and fat within; not a very good way of coping, but hopefully this doesn’t happen too often. And you MOP readers? What are you up to in terms of gaming activities this weekend?

Every Saturday, join the Massively OP community and staff for What Are You Playing, our roundup of what MMORPGs and other games we’re hoping to play this weekend (with a bonus question or two for our amusement). Tell us what you’re up to! Go off-topic! And don’t forget to have fun!
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Pandalulz

Still FFXIV. I also beat Shadow Complex the other night. It’s a neat little Metroidvania from 2009 that was published by Epic back in the day to show off Unreal Engine and then it got very slightly remastered (still looks like an XBox360 Arcade game) and ported to everything under the sun. Imagine Super Metroid but with a Splinter Cell / Modern Warfare can of paint thrown all over it (it’s actually based on an Orson Scott Card series, I did not realize until it mentions it in the credits, the plot in the game itself is so paper thin who would know). The game was really fun though, capturing the feel of Super Metroid pretty perfectly. I also played through the tutorial for FFXV but then didn’t actually get a chance to play any of it.

Bonus: After I mostly just pout like a big baby for a bit, I binge something on Netflix that’s kind of mind numbing, like old Star Trek episodes. Over like fifteen years, I’ve made it through Star Trek the original series, the animated series, and TNG, and now I’m working on season 2 of Babylon 5. But it takes me forever to watch these shows because I never watch them like a normal binge. I only watch them when I’m depressed, have choice paralysis, and they’re sort of my default final choice to reset myself.

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Started re-binging Babylon 5 recently. It’s prescient relevance to our times may not be the best antidote for the blues…

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I think that’s one of the things I kind of like about is that it’s like Star Trek but without the fake-feeling optimism. But yeah, maybe not the best for cheering a person up.

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It’s been a busy week with Steam’s Next Fest going on loaded with demos for upcoming games.

Stand outs for me was the beta of Gatewalkers, which is shaping up nicely as an RPG/HacknSlash/Survival game with a lot of crafting in which the world is dead, but the gates are open and you go from world to world looking for things to help your world recover.

Then there was the outstanding My Time at Sandrock, which is a sequel of sorts to the wonderful My Time at Portia and better in many respects. This crafting/adventure game just can’t come out soon enough.

City builder Patron is off to a strong start. There are so many city builders coming or just released that it’s hard to find one that’s a standout, but this may be it.

Tried some card battlers, but none that grabbed me the way Gordian Quest does.

On the flipper/renovator front I didn’t find anything to write home about. Hotel Renovator looks to be decent, but that’s about it. Happy with the announcement of Soon for House Flipper and Train Station Renovator DLCs.

Nonplussed by LOTRO’s MidSummer Fest, so just chugging along there until Gundabad releases.

All in all, a good week for gaming.

Bonus question: Generally binge watch murder mysteries for depression. Cold Case is good because the endings are moving, which lets me cry a lot.

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I’m playing BDO this weekend and for the foreseeable future, I am working on lifeskills on my Mystic (Polianna) and leveling my Lahn (Ching_Wei). Also playing PoE and Neverwinter a bit. This coming week Dark Alliance is launching on Game pass so I am looking forward to that. That’s it for gaming in my World… thanks, have a great weekend.

Bonus question: This I could express alot on, however…

God, grant me the courage to change the things I can, strength to accept the things I cannot, and wisdom to know the difference.

You have power over your mind, not outside events, realize that and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius

“If” Rudyard Kipling

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No Man’s Sky. It’s pretty much all I’ve been playing lately. Having a blast with it and found an S-Tier Activated Indium deposit so I built my first large extraction farm yesterday. Tons of fun.

Why have almost zero MMOs copied the SWG method of resource farming that NMS did a great job of cribbing to a degree?

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Ghalesh

Uhh, pretty late to the party. I had a busy Saturday.
This week news that I liked:
BDO new Corsair class – it seems a lot of fun. It will be tempting to try it out when it is launched.
Everyone praises the new Ratchet&Clank game and to be honest, it looks pretty sick. I know I would instantly buy it if I had a ps5.

I continued WoW endgame, gained a couple of renown, did some world quest, just the usual. I also did some dungeon but I quickly realize I will need a good, friendly guild to learn these mechanics and to not be a burden of my teammates. Anyone knows a friendly EU guild who accepts an older (30+) noob? :)
Plus, I leveled a disc priest but it is very hard to play in endgame, so I switched to shadow spec. But it seems it is also pretty hard to play good. I was raiding with Esper in WildStar, but I think that shadow spec will be harder for me. Or I am getting old.

Bonus:
Due to my physical state, I am usually in bad mood nowadays. One of the coping mechanism is to comment here again every week :) Also, I restarted WoW because of the aesthetics and design is very pleasing and relaxing for me. It really helps improving my mood. I am in very strictly diet and I cannot do anything unhealthy so these methods are out of question for me.

Speaking of aesthetics… :), I will post the usual best 3 weekly screenshot in a reply.

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It turned out 4 screenshot, couldn’t choose, sorry.

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Playing ESO.

Reading the King in Black Event

Called in sick tonight because my Hospital is a shit show that laid off between 40 to 50 experienced personnel. Almost all of the Charge Nurses gone, they dissolved the Wound Care Center (guess they figure since procedures make more money then they might as well bump up the amputations), the Gift Shop was dissolved even (like seriously how much fucking money does that staff drain off the fucking budget right?!?!?!?!), two of my friends are gone, they got rid of any one with decades of experience basically. It’s a shit show. A friend of mine that works for Hospice suggested that my wife and I apply, the ironic thing is I can help people die with dignity after going through the new and improved Hospital I guess.

You want to know what I do for Vices? I drink on my days off, it slows down my brain and keeps me from thinking about shit like WTF IS HAPPENING TO MY HOSPITAL!!!!!; that doesn’t mean I spend all my time drunk far from it but 6 hours before I sober up.

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I’m sorry you’re going through what you’ve described.

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It sucks more for the patients.

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My sister-in-law- a medical technician- corroborates your bleak assessment of health facility status. IMO this awful situation is the predictable result of for-profit healthcare.

It’s heartbreaking and infuriating what’s being done to you and your colleagues.

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! I’ll be the lay reader at church tomorrow, then out on my mountain bike to ride a stretch of rail trail I haven’t been on before. My in-laws are coming over for dinner on the grill.

In-game, I’ve been toying with new builds in DDO, and leveling a priest on my private Lich King server. I’m also doing some PNP D&D with a childhood friend. Good times.

When I’m demoralized, I go play with my dog. No matter how down other people can make you feel, your dog always loves you!

Have a great weekend, and stay safe!

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Played some ESO on my Series X now the update is out, it’s a night and day difference when it comes to loading and overall quality of experience. I also didn’t feel as much lag this time around which is nice because I had left because of the server lag last time.
Might start playing it again properly now, it’s good to jump in, do a quest line and call that a session.
I also downloaded the new PSO2 thing but haven’t tried it yet.

I did something else exciting this week too, but I might not be able to mention what it is for a while, but it’s a big step for me personally in some of my life goals.

As for bonus question, go for walks and listen to music, watch videos and play games from my childhood and teen years, reminds myself of things that used to make me happy like Pokemon or Halo 3, but it’s also easy to get trapped in nostalgia, it’s like a drug, makes you feel good and melancholy at once.

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Starting with the bonus: like Elliot, when I’m down I try to spread positivity, as I still believe what the Care Bears taught me when I was little: when you give a little love, a little love comes back to you.

I tried logging into SWTOR this week, saw they’re doing season passes now. That pretty much kills the tiny spark of desire to play that ever again. Logged out. Uninstalled. Washed hands.

Mostly I’m playing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. I’m nearly 60 hours in and have yet to complete the main story, let alone even touch the DLC yet. Gameplay-wise, it’s not quite as good as Odyssey (combat is much more heavy-footed and less agile), the I find the story far more compelling. The more I play, the more I think “this is what I want in an MMO: exactly this game with a couple dozen other people running around that I can occasionally bump into and interact with if I want to but never need to in order to complete any content whatsoever”.

Other than that there’s always some Civ 6; plus I just grabbed The Pathless before the Epic sale ended, so I’m going to make some time for that very soon.

Take care and stay safe everyone.

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This week: I has 2nd shot!! Wasn’t quite expecting so soon TM. And incase anyone is curious, it was the bad boy AstraZeneca in the left pigtail, same as the first shot for consistency sake’s. And according to the FDA my blood clotting spores I release from said shot maybe contagious to others in an enclosed environment. But as of this morning, I’m told I can now see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway regardless. Not that I want to…

…but I am very glad at least there is a bit of light at the end on COVID tunnel on this. And I’m already booked to see the folks in a month, after almost a year of not seeing them, barring health officials’ outcry. /phew

Also this week: Pigtails for Domination will be released for WoW Retail next week or something I’m told. Not that’s it called that…just getting a little sick of Blizz’s S&M named content patches for this game. >.<

Bonus Answer: I come here to post. <3

Have a great week and weekend, folks! And please get vaccinated like me's! /bows

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Every time I read “pigtails” in your posts I get a mental image of the Wendy’s logo. Haven’t eaten there in forever, but the logo is still in my head. Durable if ineffective advertising?

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Utakata

Where’s the beef?

…I mean the pigtails look nothing like that brand. Not even close. >.<

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Bryan Correll

And they’re probably ten feet long after all that quarantining.

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So… Rapunzel.

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Bryan Correll

You still can’t attend a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” though. But I’m not sure why anyone would want to anyway.
Original reports on the ‘no AstraZeneca allowed for Springsteen’ made it sound like The Boss himself had imposed the restriction, but it was actually the company that owns the venue who based their decision on New York State’s official guidelines.

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Utakata

To be clear, my gripe wasn’t at Springsteen himself. More the US idea what safety is, often dependent on what part of the states one is from. And the individual entities that decides what that means. >.<

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Bryan Correll

I was mostly venting on the media for making the headline “Canadians can’t see Springsteen” when his show was just one of the many, many things effected by yet another poorly thought out public policy decision.

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Congrats on the second vaccination!

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Jack Pipsam

Awesome job being fully vaccinated!

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Utakata

Edit/Erratum: Pigtails of* Domination…proper.

Not sure how the “for” snuck in there. >.<

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If you say so…